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With a brief press release and a trophy handoff at the LA Auto Show, car pricing authority NADAguides.com has heaped the first of what we could be many accolades upon the stylish and affordable 2010 Kia Forte and Kia Forte Koup by naming the duo their Car of the Year for 2009. Citing the pair's "best in class" features and stylish interior and exterior design, the group said these Kia compacts were standout vehicles in a pretty impressive field. Other contenders for the crown included such significant and praiseworthy vehicles as the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz E350 and Nissan 370Z Roadster.

In our own review of the Kia Forte, we praised its styling, build, layout and performance, and especially its budget-minded pricing, so we see where NADA is coming from. Sometimes, we have to scratch our heads a bit when one of these sorts of awards are announced, but in this case, we certainly think the cars are deserving.

[Source: NADAguides.com]


Kia Motors' Newest Compact Sedan and Koup Take Top Prize for Style, Value and Fuel Efficiency

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- NADAguides.com, the leading provider of vehicle pricing and information, today announced the 2010 Kia Forte compact sedan and its two-door brethren have been awarded the NADAguides.com Car of the Year. During a standing-room-only press conference at the 2009 Los Angeles International Auto Show where Kia announced its all-new 2011 Sorento CUV, NADAguides.com shared in Kia Motors' excitement naming the 2010 Kia Forte/Forte Koup its Car of the Year for 2009. Though the competition in this segment is strong, the Forte was the stand-alone top contender with a long list of "Best in Class" features and stylish design both inside and out, making it NADAguides.com's Car of the Year.

"Our editorial team realized the moment we got behind the wheel of the Forte that it would be a top contender for our NADAguides.com Car of the Year, but it wasn't until we extensively drove the sporty four-door sedan and the two-door coupe that it solidified our decision," said Michael Caudill, NADAguides.com auto expert and spokesperson. "2009 marked many great new entries in the auto industry. With cars like the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz E350 and Nissan 370Z Roadster coming in closely behind the Kia Forte, it made our decision difficult, but when you add up the low price point, Best in Class features, and a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, it made our decision to award the Forte much easier."

For complete 2010 Kia Forte/Forte Koup pricing and information, please visit NADAguides.com. For the complete video review and image gallery, click on the below link: http://www.nadaguides.com/Garage-Blog/NADAGUIDESCOM-AWARDS-2010-KIA-FORTE-CAR-OF-THE-MONTHe2809d-FOR-AUGUST.aspx.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's competitive, but the somewhat average interior and slightly anonymous (than pictures would suggest) exterior don't really make it game-changing.
      I would give that to the Ford Fusion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everybody has to have their two cents in, and a resident COTY award, I guess...

      I like Luis's idea.

      My COTY: Tie between Porsche 997.2 Turbo, and Audi R8 5.2. A turbo boxer AWD modern classic, or a mid-engined AWD ground-based jet fighter... choices, choices.

      My TOTY: don't really care. Wish I could get a good little AWD turbo-diesel ute someday, but not really happening, now, is it? Maybe if Subaru Forester were properly fitted with Subaru's Boxer Turbo Diesel, and a 6-speed manual gearbox, and variable torque distribution AWD, and a Class III towing package, and off-road skid plates.

      But something that doesn't exist, can't win TOTY.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll coin my own COTY seeing as everyone else is doing it.

      Lexus LF-A is COTY
      Ford Transit Connect is TOTY

        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, Luis! How'd I know that you'd get on trolling this thread with haste? lol.

        Why post your opinion when we've heard it 1000 times already?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll agree that Transit Connect is far more deserving than Forte. What does Forte do better than Civic or Mazda3? I decent car, no doubt, but nothing really special.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Forte Vs Cruze battle will be interesting to watch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      D fisk.
      Don't tell a lie.
      Kia did not release '2009' model of forte.
      i think you are typical hater.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the segment I will probably buy a car from. I like what the Forte offers as far as engine choices, optional equipment, and it's a decent looking sedan. But I think you might give up a little fun factor when compared to a Mazda 3. I just can't get past that similing grin on the Mazda.

      I'm just eager to see what the new Focus is going to add to the mix.

      Now I have only driven a '09 Mazda 3 and not the '10 version and I've only briefly seen the outside of a Forte so I can't make any firm opinions about any of them yet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the base model needs a 5spd automatic. 4spd auto in 2010 is a failure...but at least you can opt for the 5spd manual
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have lived in Wisconsin/Minnesota/Illinois my whole life so trust me, I know what ice and snow is. Virtually 99% of all the cars that I see driven daily (even through snow storms, freezing rain, sleet, etc.) are FWD cars. Not having four wheels powered doesn't seem to be a problem to the average driver here.

        No one NEEDS AWD/4WD for winter driving, even under the harshest conditions. It all comes down to wearing the proper tires for the occassion. FWD cars do an amazing job in the snow and ice. Even RWD cars with snow tires work well in snow. And if your excuse is that one may need AWD to get out of getting stuck in ditches/snow, well, (1) you suck at driving and (2) I've seen way more Imprezas stuck in snow than I have Corollas.

        Enthusiasts who need AWD for safety reasons are pussies. This is truth.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I too live in Minnesota, eh?

        So, I know a thing or two about the snow, I drive through it on my way to the fishin' house on the lake.

        Well, you actually break traction more in an AWD car than an FWD car. I cannot count the number of times my friend's impreza wrx has slid scarrily on turns, you see, he shifts midway though a turn and power surge of his poor rev matching skills overpowers all 4 wheels. Whereas a FWD car never loses the rears. Never.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe you can get a "fuel economy" package on the base car that will get you a 5 speed automatic.

        No 6 speed manual on the base, but the upper level package with the bigger 4cyl engine comes with a 6 speed manual and has a very tall 6th gear for relaxed highway cruising (rare on a 4 cyl these days).

        I am considering the top version of this when they get a hatchback to market. I hope the hatch gets the aggressive koup front end.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Report from the drivers seat:

        I just had brand-spanking-new one of these as a rental car on a recent trip back east. I drove a round trip of over 700 miles through Canada, doing between 75 and 80 mph the whole way on the QEW.....and it was actually a really nice, smooth ride.

        Much quieter inside than my Mazda3.....not as much fun in the corners, though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        From-the-drivers-seat-report Addendum:

        In further support of a well-spaced 4-speed OD Transmission still being efficient and quiet:

        I calculated the trip fuel economy, using gas pump readings and odometer ---
        --- got right around 32.5 mpg on that Canada trip.

        Can't argue with that.

        That positively SMOKES my 2.3L Mazda3 with its "modern and efficient" 5-speed automatic, with which I am lucky to hit 27 mpg with on similar journeys.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love dreamers.....and "enthusiasts" on Autoblog.

        What makes AWD so good? This is a freaking econobox for cripe's sake! What are you going to do in your Forte AWD that you cannot possibly do in the FWD Forte? Go off-roading? Go rallying? Seriously now. Some "enthusiasts" just don't understand the importance of marketing strategy. FWD Forte = $$$ maker. AWD Forte with boxer turbo and huge wing = FTL.

        If you want to complain about wrong-wheel-drive, please note that a Civic or Integra Type R will run circles around your precious Legacy GT and SVX.

        AWD does not = sporty, performance, exotic, etc. Sorry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey Snowdog,

        You're from Canada right? If so, which part? I had a question I wanted to ask you that was actually not car related. Could we chat via email if possible? It's more of a serious nature.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Manual is the only way to go, anyway.

        If the Kia Forte, and their new Altima mid-size replacement were to offer AWD... I would SERIOUSLY consider buying one. They certainly look pretty good. (but like most cars, need very nicely designed aftermarket wheels)

        But unfortunately wrong-wheel-drive only would continue to have me shopping elsewhere.

        I wonder if the Kia Sedan's front bumper cover would fit on a Koup... The Koup's front end is just a bit too *HIN for me. The Sedan's front bumper is nice looking, and not ostentatious.

        I'd seriously consider a Koup in blue with a blacked out roof, the just-right aftermarket wheels, and a transplanted sedan bumper and fog-lights... manual gearbox, and all the available options. I could actually probably afford one of these fully loaded, where pushing the option list to the top on something like an Infiniti G37 might be a little out of range.

        But with FWD, I would probably have to go take a look at GenCoupe 3.8 Track/GT with similar options and color... or seek out an Audi A5 lease-return, or something.

        So few RWD/AWD affordable GT coupe choices.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I am from Canada too. What's your question ?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Still should offer a 6-speed manual. I imagine 4 hours at 75mph is not pleasant in this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      No coolant temp gauge on dash. Cheap.
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